If your team wins 11-games, when you only expected to win “8, 9, 10”, then I guess you’re doing pretty well as a coach.
That said, I don’t think many shared in Spurrier’s low expectations last season as his Gamecocks returned the bulk of their team from 2010. If anything, I would think he’d say they fell just short of doing what many felt they would—win the SEC Championship (of course, if you ask anybody about that particular perspective, they’d say the fault wasn’t Spurriers but an unfair rule that allowed Georgia to play in the game instead of South Carolina).
In any event, I suspect the expectations will be slightly tempered this season with some of the Gamecocks’ offensive weapons now gone and star tailback, Marcus Lattimore, getting back into the groove for the first time since tearing his ACL.
How Spurriers boys perform this season is anybody’s guess, but the SEC East is ripe for the picking for just about any team taking the field of play this year.